AB-11E Arbalest . . I aimed to create a BattleMech that belonged to the BattleTech universe and this is the result. It is my own original design, influenced mostly by other BattleTech mechs. For those of you who are parts-conscious, most of the parts used in this are from the EX-81 Lightning.
Update (3/27/09): New photos again, when will this ever end? Updated machine gun, legs, and torso.
Update (3/26/09): Even more new photos. Added two machine guns below the waist and jump jets on the back and legs.
Update (3/25/09): New photos! I modified so many parts I don't know where to begin. Not many structural changes, I mostly improved color coordination. The laser on the upper right shoulder was removed, legs bulked up, improved torso joint, missile colors changed, railgun modified, and torso weapons accented.
The AB-11E Arbalest is a heavyweight BattleMech weighing in at 75 tons. It is manufactured by Ceres Metals Industries, a neutral entity that will sell to any faction willing to pay their prices. The version pictured is one of 6 prototype models. In simulations it has proven to be extremely effective over medium to long ranges but it is vulnerable within short range.
Its main weapon, the XR-7 prototype railgun can be used as direct fire or artillery. The effective range on this weapon is easily greater than 50 km but loses accuracy over extremely long distances. The ammo box right beneath the gun stores a large quantity of 15mm tungsten rods.
The missile rack carries two different rounds of rockets. The white warheads are armor-piercing explosive rounds and the yellow warheads are incendiary rockets.
A view of the rear, nothing too greebly. Notice the red exhaust coming out of the jump jet and waist.
Minifig pilot inside. The Arbalest has no windshield and relies solely on a variety of sensors and cameras to aid the pilot. Concealed on the frontal armor are two flamers for those pesky close-range encounters.
The cockpit area is revealed with the frontal armor removed. The weapons on the side of the cockpit are Heavy AC/4's, developed by Ceres Metals Industries and influenced by a similar weapon used by Clan Ghost Bear.
The front armor encasing taken off from the mech. The back shows the mechanical and electronic controls for the mech.
The genuine leather seat upgrade will set you back approximately $20,000. The materials have to be imported from Earth which is always a hassle to ship.
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